Collin County Sex Assault Defense Attorney
Sexual assault of a child charges carry serious penalties
If you have been accused of sexual assault of a child in Texas, you should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Although it is scary and overwhelming to be charged with a crime, there is absolutely no time to waste. When you hire Collin County sexual assault defense lawyer J. Michael Price II, he immediately begins gathering evidence and building arguments in your case. In many cases when an attorney is employed immediately, it can result in favorable outcomes at the grand Jury, including a no-bill or dismissal of these charges.
These charges are like a nuclear bomb going off. The collateral effects of just the arrest and charge are devastating to individuals and their families. In many of these cases, the accusations are false and often arise during custody disputes or divorces. In some cases, teenagers are charged with sexual assault of a child charges when consensual sex between the two of them weeks or months before suddenly is though of by the victim as ‘rape’. These allegations are devastating and require the representation of an attorney that thoroughly understands how to prepare and handle these matters.
At the law office of attorney J. Michael Price II, we work hard to obtain the best possible results in your case. Mike is one of just five attorneys in Dallas who has obtained board certification in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. For over 20 years, Mike has represented the accused in over 2500 cases, giving him the skills, knowledge and experience you need and deserve when facing serious charges.
What is sexual assault of a child in Texas?
The crime of sexual assault of a child is explained in the Texas Penal Code. If an individual knowingly or intentionally committed the following, that individual may be charged with sexual assault of a child:
- Penetrated the child’s sex organ or anus
- Penetrated the child’s mouth with his or her sex organ
- Caused the child’s anus to come into contact with the anus, sex organ, or mouth of another individual, including his or her own
- Caused a child’s mouth to come into contact with the sex organ or anus of another individual, including their own
According to Texas law, a child is defined as someone under 17 years of age.
Sexual assault of a child charges subject the accused to serious penalties.
Generally, sexual assault of a child is a second degree felony, which carries up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The accused may also be forced to register as a sex offender, depending on the nature of the case.
In some cases, sexual assault of a child may be a first degree felony, if the accused was prohibited from marrying or purporting to marry the victim as described by Texas’ bigamy laws. If charged with a first degree felony, the accused faces up to life in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine.
Possible defenses to sexual assault of a child charges
There are several defenses that may be raised against sexual assault of a child charges.
For example, if members of law enforcement unlawfully obtained evidence in the case, it may be excluded, since it could have violated the accused’s constitutional rights.
Scientific evidence is also a major part of many sex crimes. However, if the evidence does not match the accusations, charges may be reduced or dismissed.
Your attorney also carefully examines the motives of any accusers—would they have any reason to lie? Would an ex-spouse try to use sex crime charges to obtain custody of your children? Or, would an ex simply be angry and spiteful toward you?
In some cases, it is also possible to argue that the accused was mentally ill when the crime was committed. Criminal defense attorneys study the evidence to determine if such a defense is plausible.
Other defenses may also be available, depending on the circumstances of the charges.
To build the best defense in your case, call a Collin County sex crimes attorney J. Michael Price II today
Attorney J. Michael Price II is an experienced Collin County Texas sex crimes defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience. He is dedicated to obtaining the best results possible in all cases, no matter how big or small it may be. To schedule your free initial consultation with Mike, call 214-465-8000 or contact us online. Being convicted of a child sexual assault offense in Texas carries serious consequences, including time in prison and identification as a registered sex offender. Don’t leave your future to chance, contact attorney Mike today.